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Happyland: A Novel, by J. Robert Lennon

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Happyland: A Novel, by J. Robert Lennon

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Happyland: A Novel, by J. Robert Lennon

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Happy Masters is a megalomaniacal entrepreneur, a shrewd negotiator, and procurer of other people’s lives. And she is also the mastermind behind Happy Girls, the phenomenally successful doll company.

With a tenacious grasp on her life’s goals, Happy Masters sets out to make her dream town from scratch. As she sets her sights on Equinox, New York, Happy and her henchmen transform it into an amusement park of sorts—Happyland. What follows is anything but.

Happyland is an entertainingly sinister novel, which dares to question the ideals of small-town America and what happens when fulfilling your dreams becomes a nightmare.


"While Lennon does borrow from external events the basic blueprint for Happyland, almost every element of the narrative is possessed by a headlong, reckless and forceful trajectory ratcheted up to such a degree that you cannot help but find yourself relishing like thunderclaps the high-octane comedic side-effects that result." —Three Guys One Book


J. Robert Lennon is the author of a story collection, Pieces for the Left Hand, and seven novels, including MailmanCastle, and Familiar. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New YorkerHarper’sPlayboyGranta,The Paris ReviewElectric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short StoriesBest American Nonrequired Reading, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and his story “The Rememberer” inspired the CBS detective seriesUnforgettable. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review,The Guardian, and The London Review of Books, and he lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.